Lil Yachty’s Sailing Team is probably the hottest young crew in hip-hop right now. Led by Lil Boat, whose popularity has skyrocketed immensely since landing on the 2016 XXL Freshman cover, the team has captured the admiration of the hip-hop youth with its members The Good Perry, Byou, Kay the Yacht, BigBruthaChubba, $oop, Jban$2Turnt, K$upreme and Kodie Shane. One artist in particular who has begun to make a name for herself with a string of songs garnering million of views on YouTube is Kodie Shane.
The energetic Atlanta native started rapping around the age of 14 and recorded “Crown Me,” the first rap song she ever wrote. Since then, she hasn’t looked back and set out on a unique path all her own. Along the way, she linked up with Yachty through longtime hip-hop veteran Coach K and the two instantly clicked and became friends. The rest is history.
Now her SoundCloud page boasts million of streams and hundreds of followers. The growth in her songwriting and sound is evident from project to project.
“I’m 18 now so I can actually say I been through some teenage stuff that’s helped my mind grow a lot and I would say my vocabulary has grown wider,” she tells XXL while in New York. “And that I can talk more, because I was 14 then and now I’m 18. It’s so much more you can talk about once you reach that age.”
Last year, the rapper, who also sings, inked a deal with Epic Records and shortly after dropped the video for her record “Sad,” which has become a hit, racking up two million views on YouTube. In 2017, Kodie Shane wants to continue her strong momentum and become a star. “I’m speaking this to existence,” she says. “I’m dropping an album, I’m going on tour, dat way.”
Shane’s outlook is meant to set an empowering example to young people. “You can go to school wearing whatever you want,” she insisted. “You can wear boy clothes if you want to. Do what you want.” Describing her six-song Zero Gravity EP — the prelude to her debut full-length, due sometime next year — Shane predicted her own evolution. “You’ll know it’s the girl from 2060, based off the feeling she’s giving you — but it won’t be the same music.” In other words, listeners should expect the same old Shane, only more narratively focused and collaboratively rich. For that, you can thank that mind of hers. “Sometimes I sit down and write, but I can write in my head,” she said, “line by line.” That’s some curse.